Casting Net: Will Ferrell in talks to play producer Russ Meyer

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• Will Ferrell may play schlock film producer Russ Meyers in the indie film Russ and Roger Go Beyond. Written by Christopher Cluess (The Simpsons), the movie will explore the relationship between Meyers and film critic Roger Ebert as they collaborated on the 1970 satire film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. [Variety]

• Joseph Fiennes and Harry Potter‘s Tom Felton will co-star in the first-century epic thriller ClaviusKevin Reynolds (Waterworld) will direct the film told through the eyes of Fiennes’ character, an agnostic Roman Centurion forced to locate the missing body of Jesus of Nazareth. Production begins this month in Spain, aiming for an Easter weekend 2015 opening. [Deadline]

• Idris Elba will now star in the U.K. indie feature A Hundred Streets with Gemma Arterton (Runner Runner). He first joined the film as a producer back in June 2013, when it was titled One Square Mile. The drama will explore the lives of four people living within one square mile in contemporary London; Elba and Arterton will play an estranged married couple. Michael Caton-Jones (Basic Instinct 2) wrote the script but will no longer direct the project. He has been replaced by Irish TV director Jim O’Hanlon, who makes his feature debut. Adam Bakri (Omar) and Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow) are also joining the cast. [Deadline]

• One Tree Hill star James Lafferty will appear alongside Danny Glover in Waffle Street. Based on the 2012 memoir of the same name, the film follows the unlikely friendship that develops between two men when one loses his financial job in the market crash and begins working at a 24-hour diner. Ian and Eshom Nelms (Lost on Purpose) will direct the film from a script they co-wrote with Autumn McAlpin. [THR]

• Logan Huffman (Final Girl) has enrolled in the ’80s private school drug ring film The Preppie Connection from director Joe Castelo (The War Within). [Deadline]

• Nico Evers-Swindell, the New Zealand actor best known for playing Prince William in Lifetime’s William & Kate, has joined the cast of Wrong Side of Right, an indie feature about inhumane dog breeding from French director Alex Ranarivelo. [Deadline]


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